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Teaching kids life lessons on the golf course

Sport teaches people so much more than the game itself – and our latest Everyday Hero is a perfect example.


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  • Matt Mussett is this week’s everyday hero
  • Besides being a mentor, teacher and coach for young people, Matt is also an e-bay manager for an amazing idea that has helped this non-profit community pay their bills.
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While the game he teaches is golf, Matt Mussett’s lessons are really about perfecting your swing in the game of life.

Some future pro-tour prospects were working on their game the day we visited the First Tee in St. Petersburg. The children of Mt. Zion Christian Academy made their regular visit.

Mussett says young students learn more than golf here.

“Youth mentorship and the development of healthy habits and lifestyle skills for children who may not be getting enough of this education at school or at home,” he said. “Or need to complement what they’re doing.”

Currently working with four schools, Matt says what they learn about golf goes beyond golf.

“In golf, you’re always going to fail before you succeed, and persistence is one of our main things we talk about and teach,” Mussett said. “If you take 10 breaths but hit 11 and it goes up in the air, you feel pretty good.”

Besides being a mentor, teacher and coach for young people, Matt is also an e-bay manager for an amazing idea that has helped this non-profit community pay their bills.

Their Donate a Club Help a Kid program is a huge success.

“Over the past four years, we’ve grown from a few hundred online ads to over 16,000 right now,” Mussett said.

Donated golf items are cleaned and restored and find new homes.

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Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.